Catholic Foundation 2017 grant applications available

The Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma annually awards grants in support of education-related projects to parishes, schools, religious education and parish youth programs throughout the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

In addition to program materials, many of the grant requests have focused on computers, audio-visual equipment and technology as a means of engaging more students in the education process.

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Gala raises thousands for the Center of Family Love

The Gift of Love Gala celebrated its 4th annual event on June 17 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. More than 700 people attended the gala, which benefits The Center of Family Love.

The Gala raised more than $670,000 for the center’s residents who live with intellectual and physical disabilities. Located in Okarche, the center provides innovative, educational and vocational opportunities for residents. The care is designed to meet the individual needs of those who live with autism, blindness, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injuries.

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Sisters of Providence celebrating jubilees

Four Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, with ties to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City are celebrating jubilees this year.

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St. Mary Ardmore health initiative honored

Saint Mary Catholic Church in Ardmore was recognized this summer for taking a stand against heart disease.

"The Battle of the Heart Program” is a call to action that began in 2015 as a competition and transitioned into an incentive program for faith groups with the understanding that health encompasses all areas: mind, body and soul, said Shante Fenner, the American Heart Association’s multicultural initiatives director.

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Making Sense of Bioethics: Considering the options for infertile couples

By Fr. Tad Pacholczyk

When Catholic couples experience trouble getting pregnant, they often seek medical help and begin to research what options are available to them.

A number of moral considerations and questions generally emerge during this process: Why are techniques like in vitro fertilization (IVF) considered immoral? What approaches will the Church allow us to try? What does our infertility mean, spiritually and personally, in the face of our fervent, but frustrated, desire for a baby?

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The Catholic Difference: Questions of competence

By George Weigel

It’s a safe bet that 99.95 percent of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics have never heard of “La Civiltà Cattolica” (Catholic Civilization), a journal founded in 1850 by the Jesuits of Rome to combat the evils of the age (then taken to be secularist liberalism and freemasonry).

Its current circulation is perhaps half that of “First Things,” and while it has recently made attempts to broaden its readership by publishing English, Spanish, French and Korean editions, it’s also a safe bet that “Civiltà Cattolica” will remain a small-circulation magazine with a readership confined to what we might call “Catholic professionals:” clergy of various ranks; papal diplomats; officials of the Roman Curia; academics and pundits.

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Idea of a Village conference: Learning God’s language of silence

By Ted King
The Sooner Catholic

The Idea of a Village conference held in June near Clear Creek Abbey in northeastern Oklahoma focused on Christian culture in a secular world. The theme for this year’s conference was the promotion of silence.

The speakers at the conference were Bishop James Conley, from the Diocese of Lincoln, Neb.; Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera, a Spanish investigative economic journalist; Father Francis Bethel, O.S.B., of Clear Creek Abbey; John Cuddeback, head of the philosophy department at Christendom College in Front Royal, Va.; and Daniel Kerr of Saint Martin's Academy.

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Book Review: From atheist to Catholic: An accidental journey to find God 

By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic

This book would be interesting reading even if the author didn’t end up in the Catholic Church. Jennifer Fulwiler’s “Something Other than God” is her story of life’s ups and downs that eventually landed her on the shores of faith.

The book is subtitled “How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It.” The title is taken from a quote by C. S. Lewis, who wrote that “all that we call history … (is) the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God that will make him happy.”

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Have you ever heard about St. Drithelm?

By Pedro A. Moreno, O.P.
Director, Office of Hispanic Ministry

This 7th century native of England, with a strange name that I can’t even begin to pronounce, was for all accounts a very decent and devout Catholic. His loving wife and children seemed to be model Christians, and I haven’t found anything out of the ordinary written about them.

Then, came a unique epidemic that killed many throughout the country and even Drithelm became gravely ill. During the peak of his illness, he had a near-death experience. While his wife, friends and family were holding a vigil by his bedside, assuming he was transitioning into eternity, Drithelm arose from his bed and informed everyone that he was back!

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A Millenial Journey in Faith: Creating a world view with principles, knowledge and Catholic wisdom

By Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick

This past spring, I had the privilege to attend my dad’s inauguration as president of Saint Gregory’s University. The day began with Mass in the abbey church, continued with lunch in the monastery, and peaked with the inauguration itself at the field house.

Throughout the events, I heard about the beginning of the Benedictine monks in Oklahoma, who arrived at the invitation of the Pottawattamie Nation long before the land run, the role of the university in the life of some of its graduates, and many reflections on the importance of the liberal arts. Each presenter placed the liberal arts at the center of learning, including a practical education oriented to career preparation.

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